Dr. John La Puma MD is the leading physician voice for culinary medicine and nature as part of your personal medical health, and an internationally recognized expert in nutrition and well-being. Dr La Puma is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, a professionally trained chef, and an urban organic farmer. He is also a New York Times best-selling author twice, has lectured on culinary medicine at TEDMED and TEDx, and on ecomedicine and nature therapy at the University of Chicago and Harvard University,
Dr. John believes that both food and nature are information for the body and the brain. The right foods, beverages, outdoor activities, and nature-based solutions can help you reboot your brain and your health. Both food and nature are restorative, powerful, underutilized therapeutic tools in medicine.
Dr. John is the author or co-author of seven books. Several are used as textbooks at great academic institutions worldwide, and three have been New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Most recently, he writes and speaks about how to use meals to lower cholesterol and control diabetes, and about how the power to opt outside can improve your medical health.
While Dr. John did not invent food as medicine, he pioneered and popularized culinary medicine in a popular culinary medicine book, and on national cable and network television as ChefMD®. His invited presentations often include cooking demonstrations, culinary insights, and medicinal plants and herbs.
Dr. John is board-certified in internal medicine. He writes both recipes and pharmaceuticals on prescription slips. He also advocates for health related causes, including food security, pollinator protection and animal adoption and welfare.